Hai PhongFrom the day he shared 2nd grade with Anh Duc, Tuan Khang took on the responsibility of bringing and picking you up to school every day.
Over the past four years, people in hamlet 3, Giang Bien commune, Vinh Bao district have gotten used to the scene every morning, grade 6 student Bui Tuan Khang, pushing his wheelchair half a kilometer, bringing his best friend Vu Anh Duc went to school.
Arriving at the classroom door, Khang firmly supported his legs, lifted his armpits, and helped Duc get up from his wheelchair. Her thin body, weighing 30 kg, turned into a crutch, helped her half-heavy friend to sit, then stowed the wheelchair in a corner.
“Without Khang’s encouragement and taking him to school every day, it is unlikely that he would persist in going to school until now,” Duc said.
Duc used to be a healthy child, but after a high fever at the age of three, he was paralyzed on the left side of his body, and the doctor diagnosed him with “the virus running into the joint, which cannot be cured”. Since then, the boy’s life has been attached to a wheelchair, he returned to live with his grandmother when his parents worked as workers in Quang Ninh.
Due to her ill health, she couldn’t attend kindergarten. Mrs. Nguyen Thi Thin, 72 years old, grandmother of Germany, taught her to practice writing at home. The early days. Due to the paralysis of his left hand, he could not hold the notebook as he wanted, the German characters scribbled “like drawing worms, drawing snakes on paper”.
When he was 6 years old, many people advised him to send Duc to a school with disabilities, but Mrs. Thin refused and decided to let him go to Giang Bien Primary School because she did not want him to be self-deprecating. In class, the school creates conditions for male students to sit at the front desk, the classroom is on the first floor for convenient transportation.
Seeing Duc in a wheelchair, some friends teased, called “the lame guy”, “the disabled one”, he felt sorry for himself, and complained about telling her. “When he studies well and becomes a useful person, you can’t laugh at him,” Mrs. Thin encouraged her grandson.
In grade 2, Duc was in the same class with his friend Bui Tuan Khang, in hamlet 4, Giang Bien commune. Knowing that Duc lived with his sick grandmother, Khang asked his parents to let him go to school 20 minutes before, and brought his classmates to school. “I want to help when Duc’s parents are away from work. Her leg hurts, it’s not convenient to take friends to school,” Khang told his father.
Hearing his son express his wish, Mr. Bui Van Doa, 52 years old, Khang’s father, agreed but did not forget that his son told him to be careful not to let his friend fall. Since then, every morning at 6:10, the boy walks to Duc’s house, then pushes the cart to take his friends to school, on time for class.
Four times a day, a total of nearly 2 km to go to school, for four years it is the continuous efforts of Duc and Khang. The road to school is all concrete, but there are many crushed stones, some rough sections, forcing Khang to “shake a hammock”, not to fall. Her hands become hard, calloused when she pushes the cart with force. Many days when he came home, his body was exhausted, but he never gave up the idea of taking his friends to school.
Many times, seeing Khang’s people drenched in sweat, sitting on the steps panting for breath after taking his friends home, Mr. Doa felt sorry for him. But thinking back to the scene where Duc was disabled, no one sent him to school, he and his wife encouraged their children to try.
“I was most afraid when I took Duc to school on a rainy day. It was raining heavily, the road was slippery. If you are not careful, the scooter slips, you easily fall. I always push the car very slowly to ensure safety,” Khang said. At that time, the boy constantly reassured, reminding his best friend to sit firmly, his right hand gripping the side of the car.
The couple’s perseverance made many people in Giang Bien commune admire. “No matter the drizzle, the north wind or the hot summer sun, Khang still comes to pick him up. Only when he’s sick or has a busy schedule, Mrs. Thin takes him away. During the past four years, I rarely saw the two of them. it’s separate,” said Mrs. Hoa, a neighbor near Duc’s house.
At school, Khang always took full notes, in case Duc couldn’t write in time for treatment, and then patiently explained the knowledge you didn’t understand.
Outside of class time and doing housework, Khang asked Mrs. Thin to take Duc to the football field or go around the village to relax. The boy said he wants you to experience the feeling of kicking a ball, playing the same games as your peers, but still being safe.
From the day Khang took Duc to school, the 72-year-old grandmother was at ease, not worried about her son being isolated and not integrating with friends. “The boy is obedient, good at studying, and loves people. At school, he also helps me take care of Duc to go to the toilet, eat and drink. My family is very grateful to him”, Mrs. Thin confided.
The head of village 3, Giang Bien commune said that Ms. Dao Thi Thin’s family has difficult circumstances, her husband and daughter are far away, and she alone raises her disabled grandson. “Fortunately, Duc has been taken to school by his friends for many years. The distance is not long, but it is no small effort,” he said.
Referring to the two students, Ms. Vu Thi Ha, homeroom teacher of class 6B, Giang Bien Secondary School said that Tuan Khang and Anh Duc are both good students, with a sense of learning and absorbing lessons well. “Duc’s health is limited, but he doesn’t rely on circumstances to rise up. Khang is a student with good academic ability, hard work, kindness and affection. Khang’s determination to send his friends to school is not the case. Every student has it,” Ms. Ha said.
Tuan Khang said he would continue to send Anh Duc to school until the end of middle school, high school and university, if the two of them continued to study together. “I can ride a bicycle to take friends to school. I hope I can help Duc overcome adversity and the two will forever be good friends,” Khang confided.